Russian President Putin Narrowly Escaped a Drone Attack:
Russia has made a dramatic accusation against Ukraine, claiming that it attempted to launch a drone attack on the Kremlin with the intention of killing President Vladimir Putin. This marks the most serious charge that Moscow has leveled against Kyiv since the conflict between the two countries began.
The allegation was reported by several state news agencies on Wednesday, with Russian officials emphasizing that Putin was not present in the building at the time and that there was no damage to the Kremlin. They also warned that Russia has the right to retaliate. State news outlet RIA described the incident as a planned terrorist act and an assassination attempt on the eve of Victory Day, the May 9 Parade. Putin’s schedule remained unchanged and he was working at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Despite the incident,
Moscow has pledged that the parade will proceed as planned, while calls for a strong response against Ukraine continue to mount. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev even called for the “elimination” of Zelenskyy, while the speaker of the Russian Duma, Putin ally Vyacheslav Volodin, demanded the use of weapons capable of stopping and destroying the “Kyiv terrorist regime.” The Investigative Committee of Russia, which handles major crimes, has opened a criminal case on terrorism. In response,
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied the accusations and stated that his country did not attack Moscow or its president. Senior Ukrainian presidential official Mykhailo Podolyak also made clear that Kyiv had no involvement in the alleged incident.